Shin-Soo Choo made a small detour on the way to Columbus to continue his rehabilitation assignment. Actually, he never left Cleveland. Because of an abrupt change in plans, he was activated Friday and appeared in the Indians' lineup for the first time since June 24, when he was hit in the hand with a pitch that broke his left thumb during a game against the Giants in San Francisco.

"I felt really good last night," Choo said of playing in his second rehab game for Lake County. "I didn't get any hits, but I was seeing the ball very well."

Choo was 0-for-6 in two games for the Captains, but manager Manny Acta decided the Tribe needed Choo more than he needed a trip to Columbus, his next scheduled stop.

"Manny talked to me last night," Choo said. "He asked me if I was ready to go to Columbus, and I didn't say anything. Then he asked me how I was seeing pitches and if I felt any pain. He also asked if I thought I was ready, and I said I was."

Acta penciled Choo in as the leadoff batter Friday night, but he won't stay there.

"He is not going to hit there permanently," Acta said. "When Michael Brantley comes back, I'll probably use him in the sixth spot.

"I just want Choo to get as many at-bats as he can the next couple of games. He swung the bat well in batting practice and at Lake County, then he proclaimed himself ready to go. Even if he's not at the top of his game yet, he can give us something."

Choo underwent surgery on the thumb that is still slightly swollen with a tinge of purple. However, maybe looks can be deceiving.